In 2017 The Fork Horse Trials moved from its home of 15 years in Norwood, N.C. to the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, N.C. and for 2018 the event will continue at Tryon. This year The Fork CIC3* will serve as an official World Equestrian Games (WEG) test event in addition to both the CIC3* and Advanced divisions serving as Gold Cup classes. Sixty-five pairs will be competing in the Series looking for their Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final qualification.
Gold Cup Competition Schedule
Thursday, April 5 9:00 a.m. – CIC3* dressage 1:00 p.m. – Advanced dressage
Friday, April 6 9:00 a.m. – CIC3* dressage
Saturday, April 7 10:45 a.m. – Advanced and CIC3* cross-country
Sunday, April 8 10:00 a.m. – Advanced show jumping 11:00 a.m. – CIC3* show jumping
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About the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series
The 2018 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series features 11 qualifying competitions throughout the United States at the Advanced horse trials and CIC3* levels. The qualifying period begins August 2017 and continues through August 2018 with the final taking place at the 2018 USEA American Eventing Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado, August 29 – September 2, 2018. Riders who complete a qualifier earn the chance to vie for $40,000 in prize money and thousands of dollars in prizes and the title of Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion in the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Final Advanced Division.
Like most professionals, I tend to do gridwork for most of the winter, before transitioning to coursework through the competition season. I find this exercise to be a good middle ground exercise as you have a little bit of a gymnastic combined with two easy bending exercises to set you up well for doing courses.
In 1993, Stephen Bradley had something to prove. It was the year after the Barcelona Olympic Games where Bradley had two unexpected refusals at the water complex. “It was very disappointing and a huge learning curve for me,” said Bradley. Little did he know, his path to redemption would result in winning the Burghley Horse Trials CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) – a victory so great that only two Americans have achieved: Bruce Davidson Sr. in 1974 and Bradley in 1993.
The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has approved additional modifications to the USEF Rules For Eventing in accordance with a resolution approved by the Board of Directors to address issues related to the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The full listing of rule modifications related to COVID-19 impacts can be viewed by clicking here.
It is with great disappointment and sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2020 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials due to the coronavirus outbreak.